GOVERNMENT ARTS COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS), SALEM-7. INSTITUTIONAL DISTINCTIVENESS Government Arts College (Autonomous) Salem 7 is a sesquicentennial institution in Tamil Nadu. Having a student strength of 5446 of UG & PG, 43 M.Phil and 192 Ph.D. researchers. The teaching faculty comprises 257 along with 52 non teaching staff and they have been recruited by the Government. A small seed was sown as vernacular school in 1857 and was upgraded as municipal college in 1879. Since then it serves for the upliftment of socioeconomically backward students of this locality through Higher Education. Programmes of UG to Ph.D. help the students to get the maximum benefit for their future employability and offering above programmes with lowest fees less than Rs.10,000. Out of 257 faculty members,161 are holding Ph.D. Degree, having the average teaching experience of 11 years, make this institution unique in the field of higher education. The College provided the amount of rupees 1,14,07,114 as scholarships for socio economically weaker students from rural background. The teaching with rich experience and dedication supported by a well-equipped library having 80457 books and Reference books continue to be a storehouse of knowledge in this region. Tireless and selfless service of various cells and committees, to ignite the young minds to become better citizens.